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It only looks like candy—these new energy-packed bites contain ingredients to fuel hard-working muscles and satisfy your sweet tooth.
Quic Disc Simply Carbs
These tasty tablets are an interesting alternative to chewable sports nutrition, as they contain carbs and are similar in taste to a SweeTart candy—just not quite as tart. They’re ideal for athletes who struggle with gooey gels and chewy textures. Available in four flavors (orange was the collective favorite), each four-tablet serving contains 70 calories, 16 grams of carbs plus electrolytes. These come in a convenient 10-tablet tube. $16 for eight tubes, Quicdisc.com
Bonk Breaker Energy Chews
Known for its energy and protein bars made with real-food ingredients, Bonk Breaker recently added energy chews to the lineup. The chews are made with organic ingredients, such as tapioca syrup and sugar, and are available in a caffeine-free orange tangerine and caffeinated (from tea) strawberry. Both flavors tasted more like a fruit snack than sports nutrition, and they had an easy-to-chew texture. Each serving (two per package) contains 90 calories, 24 grams of carbs, vitamin C and electrolytes. $2.50, Bonkbreaker.com
Skratch Labs Fruit Drops
These new chews, flavored with real fruit, were a big hit in the taste test. The gummy drops are covered in a sugary coating, which gives them texture and keeps them from getting sticky or waxy. Both the raspberry and orange options get their flavor from real-food ingredients such as sugar, tapioca syrup and grape juice concentrate. In each five-chew serving (two per pouch) are 80 calories, 20 grams of carbs and electrolytes. $2.45, Skratchlabs.com
Honey Stinger Organic Energy Chews
The tangy grapefruit flavor has been added to Honey Stinger’s lineup of organic chews, which are made with honey and tapioca syrup (with naturally occurring fiber and protein) and are fortified with vitamin C. These all-natural chews have multiple carbohydrate sources, and we love that they’re easier to chew thanks to a smaller size and softer texture. The grapefruit is less sweet than the other flavors without being tart. Each package contains 160 calories and 39 grams of carbohydrates plus electrolytes. $2.25, Honeystinger.com